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Hi I'm Becca

I grew up in a military family. I got my degree in Elementary Education. I'm a wife. I'm a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to my best friend and together we have two seriously adorable little girls. I got my degree in Elementary Education and love to teach, but right now I'm focusing on teaching my own children. I love being a stay-at-home mom and getting to spend all day learning and playing with my girls. It's not always easy, and every day isn't perfect- but there are perfect moments in every day. I'm learning that the joy of motherhood is in those moments. I love a good book, old black and white movies, chocolate, crafts, date night, and road trips. I'm just an average girl living out her fairy tale.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church and grew up in a home full of music, laughter, peace, love, and joy. Growing up I didn't realized how truly blessed I was. My parents taught me from the scriptures, and I always knew that they believed the church was true. As I got a little older, I realized that I needed to gain my own testimony for myself. I decided to read the Book of Mormon all the way through and pray to know if it was really true. I was still young so it took me an entire year of reading every night to finish. I didn't understand everything I read, but I understood that every time I read, I felt peace. When I finally knelt down to pray and ask God if it was true- I had an overwhelming feeling of warmth and joy. It is difficult to describe in words, but it was like I was being embraced in a giant hug. I was still a child, but it was a feeling that even now, as an adult, I remember. That is when my testimony really began. It has been a long time since those childhood days, and I have had many different experiences and trials in my life. But through it all, I have been the happiest when I am living the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It brings so much joy and perspective into my life. My relationship with my Savior has given me light through dark days, peace in times of despair, and hope in times of mourning. Because of this gospel I know who I am, and I know whose I am. I know where I came from, why I am here, and where I am trying to go after death. I know that if I live worthily, my family can be together forever, even after this life. And to me- that is everything! "Til death do us part" isn't enough for me. After all, doesn't everyone want to live happily EVER AFTER. This life is just the honeymoon, we have all of eternity to be married. :)

How I live my faith

I'm not perfect, but I'm trying every day to live my faith by living WITH faith-- faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is my ultimate goal to follow His example of love and compassion for everyone. On Sundays, my husband and I teach the three and four years old classes in church. We love getting to hear their sweet comments and learning from them. But our faith is not just a "Sunday thing"- it's a part of who we are and the choices that we make every day.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Becca
Yes- husband and wife can be together forever! Families can live together in heaven after death. Isn't it wonderful? Jesus Christ gave power to His disciples to seal families together forever (Matthew 16:19). Families who accept the Atonement of Christ and follow His example can go to one of God's holy temples and be sealed together through sacred ordinances performed there. There is great peace in knowing that families endure in the eternities, beyond the mourning and sorrow of death. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Becca
No- the church does not endorse political candidates, platforms, or parties. Members are urged, however, to be full participants in political, governmental, and community affairs. In voting, I search for the candidates and platforms that I feel are compatible with gospel teachings and my own political views. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Becca
No- we do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God the Eternal Father and his son, Jesus Christ. We believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and an instrument in the hands of God to restore the fullness of God's gospel to the earth. While we show reverence and respect for him, worship is saved for God alone. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Becca
Yes! We are Christians. We accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, the Son of God. We pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. After all, our church is called the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement. A scripture in the Book of Mormon teaches, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Becca
Yes! Throughout history, God as chosen prophets, such as Moses, to teach the gospel and direct His Church (Amos 3:7). It is no different today. We all need God's guidance and direction in a world that is often confusing. Because God loves His children, He continues to send living prophets to guide and direct us. Just as God used Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery, today He uses His living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, to lead us into happier, more peaceful lives. By listening to the words of the prophet, we can protect our families and have greater joy and peace in our lives and homes. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Becca
We believe that God has called prophets to lead His Church in our day, just as He did anciently. We believe that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The current prophet and President of our church is Thomas S. Monson. He is assisted by two counselors- Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Together, they make up the First Presidency of the Church, much like Peter, James, and John after Christ's death. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Becca
In a lot of ways, we live life the same way a lot of people do. We go to work, spend time with our families and friends, participate in our communities, and enjoy varied hobbies and interests. But in a lot of ways, we live life a little differently than a lot of people do. We believe that one of the greatest reasons for being here on earth is to have joy. And we believe that the best way to find joy and happiness is through God's plan. As a result, we do not drink, smoke, use vulgar language, or engage in premarital sex. We avoid crass and vulgar entertainment whether it be in movies, television, music, literature, or everyday conversation. But our lifestyles is not only in what we choose not to do, but also in what we DO choose to do. We read the scriptures and pray daily, attend church meetings, and set aside time each week to learn and play together as a family. Some say that we limit our freedom by following so many "rules," but we believe that by avoiding the consequences of poor choices, we actually free ourselves to make better choices which lead to happier, fuller lives. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Becca
Women of our church ages 18 and older belong to the Relief Society. The Relief Society was established in 1842 and is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. Its purpose is to strengthen families and homes, seek out and help those in need, and increase faith and personal righteousness. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Becca
We believe that families are central to God's plan. We know that before this life we lived with our Heavenly Father as part of His family, we came to Earth to be part of a family, and we know that family relationships can endure beyond death. We believe that what matters most is what lasts the longest. And families are eternal. In addition, we believe that families provide the best setting for growth and happiness in this life. In our families we love, serve, teach, and learn from one another. I have experienced the greatest joy in my life at home with my family. We also believe that the family is the basic unit of society. And that "the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets." (The Family: A Proclamation to the World) The teachings of the gospel help us protect our families from the evils of the world that threaten to weaken the home and family. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Becca
Yes, Mormons believe in equality of men and women. The Apostle Paul taught that "neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 11:11) In the sight of God, and in marriage, men and women are equally important. Women in the church are respected and even revered by the men of the church. Often there is a misconception by others not of our faith that Mormon women are not valued or given equal opportunities. This false assumption may be based on the fact that we believe that men and women have distinct, divine roles. We believe that fathers are given primary responsibility to provide for and protect their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers should help one another as equal partners. Both parents should be unified and intimately involved in the upbringing of their children. I have been told by others that I am wasting my potential to stay home and be a "baby-maker." I choose to be a stay-at-home mom not because I am not as important as my husband, not because I am uneducated, and not because my church makes me. I choose to stay-at-home, because I believe it is my divine responsibility, right, and privilege to teach and nurture my children. Others may think me insignificant, but I have learned that God has given me all the influence in the world. After all, "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world." Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Becca
The Bible testifies of the divinity of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. It is a collection of sacred writings containing God's revelations and accounts of His dealings with His children in the Holy Land. We believe that it was divinely inspired and written by prophets of God. We love the Bible and study it in our homes and churches. However, the Bible as it presently exists is a construction of the councils of men, and has undergone countless transcriptions and several translations. In the intervening 2,000 years several finer points of doctrine have been altered or omitted on occasion and interpreted to suit the desires of those in power. While we absolutely believe the Bible to be the word of God, through the changes and translations of the centuries, it does not have the pure language and spirit as when it was originally written. We study the Bible with the additional light and knowledge we receive through revelation. We believe that God speaks to us today, just as He did in ancient days. And we can turn to Him for the pure doctrine of His teachings. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Becca
In the Webster's Dictionary, one definition listed under 'cult' is "a religion regarded as unorthodox." Since Mormonism did not break off from the Catholic or Protestant churches, it is seen by some as "unorthodox." For example, our church's definition of the Godhead differs from the Nicene Creed accepted by most Catholic or Protestant churches. Often the term "cult" is used by those who oppose our church and are trying to discredit it. Sometimes, however, it is used by those who misunderstand our teachings or who have been misinformed. These misunderstanding and assumptions often vanish once people learn about us and begin to realize the commonality of what our church really teaches and believes. That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world whom we love and worship. Show more Show less